Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania Criminal Lawyers
Lewistown, PA 17044
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
California Western School of Law, California Western Law Review and International Law Journal and California Western Law Review and International Law Journal
Katherine McShane believes that knowledge is power. By improving her skill set and knowledge base as an attorney, she can better serve her clients. Katherine is also a strong believer in the constitution and protecting the rights of those who stand accused from the strong arm of the government.
Katherine attended law school at California Western School of Law. Based on academic achievement, Katherine was invited to be a part of the CSWL law review. She served as an associate writer and associate editor for both the California Western Law Review and International Law Journal. During school, Katherine also interned...
After graduating law school, I clerked at the Office of the Public Defender for Allegheny County and later became an Associate Counsel at the Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel. Serving at...
Attorney Jefferis is a firm believer in the adage “knowledge is power”. Attorney Jefferis is passionate about staying apprised of changes in the legal field and feels that knowledge is essential to providing effective representation for his clients.
Attorney Jefferis began his legal career directly out of high school working with a law firm in Wilmington, DE. Attorney Jefferis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware while working full time. Attorney Jefferis focused his studies at the University of Delaware as well as Widener School of Law on criminal defense and death penalty appeals.
Attorney Fahnestock is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he focused on criminal law. After graduating from Penn State, he attended Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and was an Associate Editor for Law Review. While in Law School he spent time working with the State Appellate Defenders Office re-testing firearm and forensic evidence for convicted defendants.
When outside of work, Attorney Fahnestock enjoys going to the gym, Penn State football, and staying...
I am dedicated to fighting for the rights of my clients to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, to fair and speedy trials, to just punishment, and to not be coerced into self-incrimination. I believe passionately that the basic principles regarding the rights of people accused of crimes are worth upholding and...
I have dedicated my career to criminal defense and to the science of Trial Advocacy. I believe in representing my clients zealously and maneuvering cases as quickly and cost -effectively as possible through the criminal justice...
Arrested or facing criminal charges?
Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.
Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.
Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.
When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.
Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.
Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.
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